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Sending your child to camp, especially for the first time, can wreak havoc on a parent’s nerves! For some children, camp may be their first experience away from home for an extended period. We understand this, and we’re here to help.
Mentally preparing for camp is as important as packing and gathering supplies. Talking to your camper about what to expect can help both parents and children feel more confident and better prepared. In fact, simply changing your wording can have a big impact on your child’s success.
Talking to Your Camper
It’s extremely important that you talk to your campers before sending them to camp. Sneaking their trunk in the car and dropping them off unexpectedly won’t go well, we promise. Instead, set your camper up for success by having several conversations about camp.
During these conversations, it’s important to steer away from certain phrases. Saying things such as “I’ll miss you so much!,” “I don’t know what I’ll do without you,” and “I promise I’ll come get you if you don’t like it” may distract your camper from focusing on all the fun at camp. If you change up how you approach camp and say things such as “I’ll miss you, but I know you’ll have so much fun on the ropes course!,” “I can’t wait for you to make new friends!,” or “We’re so proud you’re going to camp,” your camper will focus on the incredible opportunities camp has to offer.
To find out more about talking to your camper, check back soon for our guide!
Homesickness is a real part of camp, and it affects many more campers than you may think! In fact, Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy, says that 97 percent of people feel some degree of homesickness at camp. Homesickness is normal and healthy! For some campers, it can even be a positive experience!
Homesickness manifests itself in many different ways, and we train our staff to recognize all potential signs. Our staff members will work with campers to see the good in homesickness and help them work through any negative emotions they might feel.
Your camper is never trapped at Camp Weed. If it appears a camper’s homesickness is overshadowing the fun he or she is having at camp, our camp director will give you a call and let you decide whether to talk to your camper, pick your camper up, or have us continue working through it.
If you’re worried about homesickness, we recommend checking out Michael Thompson’s book Homesick and Happy. If you’d like the short version, check back soon for our guide to homesickness.
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